Friday, May 12, 2017

A Tribe Called Quest Interview (The Source, Nov. 1991)

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I know I don't have to sell anybody on reasons to read an interview with A Tribe Called Quest, but for the sake of clarity, this is an interview from The Source in November 1991 (Issue #26). In a somewhat rushed interview, some takeaways are Q-Tip speaking to the direction they took from 'Paths' to 'Low End Theory,' where he says: “Hip-hop is moving farther and farther away from its true starting point. And what we’re trying to do with this album is bring it back a little bit closer to home.” Ali Shaheed adds “We’re not trying to change. There’s so many sides to us and so many personalities that we could go all kinds of ways and different directions.” Speaking to decisions made by A&Rs and echoing the sentiments of Rule #4080, Q-Tip says “We gotta wake up and realize what they’re doing. They’re trying to destroy hip-hop the same way they destroyed rock & roll. And we don’t want rock & roll no more cause you fucked it up.” To wrap it up, Ali summarizes, “Kids, beware of the f#cking record company motherf#ckers.” Rest in Peace, Phife Dawg.